Magento Review

It is dedicated to e-commerce and has the most robust underlying architecture.

What is our primary use case?

I am a module developer. I also use it to make online stores for e commerce businesses. 

What is most valuable?

I like the rigor with which it is architected. There is usually a right way to do something. It is dedicated to e-commerce and has a wealth of features to serve that purpose.

How has it helped my organization?

I am currently working on a module for Magento. My module will help organizations import a large amount of products efficiently. The way that Magento is built isn’t the friendliest for this kind of thing. However, the fact that Magento is so complete, well-supported, and recognized makes it difficult to consider another system. My clients will benefit by having the most thorough system for e-commerce that is built for extensibility.

What needs improvement?

I wound like the documentation to cover more of the internal classes in the foundational Magento framework module

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I didn’t have any stability issues. However, I have only been working with it on a local development server. I will eventually test it on a live server with a large amount of traffic.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I haven’t moved this version to a production server, so scalability is yet to be seen.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven’t dealt with technical support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I used WooCommerce. It is a fair option. However, it is based on WordPress and that system isn’t really built for e-commerce. It doesn’t have the rigor required to deal with the complex realities of a real e-commerce business. For example:

  • Under the hood: In terms of the code and the architecture
  • On the exterior: In terms of managing the store

How was the initial setup?

The setup is fairly straightforward as long as you have experience configuring a server to Magneto’s requirements. It’s definitely not as straightforward as the five minute install of WordPress.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Magento CE is free. There is an Enterprise edition which offers a few specific features. I would advise you to stick to CE until there is a need for the paid Enterprise edition version.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have worked with WooCommerce, Magento 1, and Shopify.

  • Shopify: I recommend it, if you are only interested in a simple store.
  • Magento 1: I would not recommend it, because it is old.
  • WooCommerce: I would not recommend it, because it is neither simple, well-featured, nor well-built.
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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